Data on prepaid in Australia?

spamfish123

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Aug 25, 2011
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Milton Keynes, UK
Hi,

I'll be going to Australia in a few weeks and I was looking at how to get around 500MB - 1GB of data over 12 days. I'll be staying in Surfer's Paradise, Cairns and Sydney.

I was looking at the $20 data pack from Telstra:
http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/prepaid-mobiles/extras/index.htm

Is this a sensible idea? Can you have JUST the data pack without a pre-paid offer? These things are a bit of a mystery to me :eek:

Otherwise I was thinking about the $2 days from Optus, but I don't know about their coverage where I'm going. (Someone on here said that Telstra's coverage is great.)

Really, any help is welcome. Thanks! :D
 

daviddth

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Jun 29, 2009
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Australia
Telstra Pre Paid cap encore is what I have - 400MB plus the $250 in calls. You can then use the $30 to buy a $20 (700MB) and $10 (200MB) data pack on top of the 400MB you get, giving you 1.3GB and $250 in calls/text.

All you need is some ID and buy the $2 sim. You can then recharge $30 in-store and activate the sim - usually takes <5 mins.
 

spamfish123

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Aug 25, 2011
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Milton Keynes, UK
Telstra Pre Paid cap encore is what I have - 400MB plus the $250 in calls. You can then use the $30 to buy a $20 (700MB) and $10 (200MB) data pack on top of the 400MB you get, giving you 1.3GB and $250 in calls/text.

All you need is some ID and buy the $2 sim. You can then recharge $30 in-store and activate the sim - usually takes <5 mins.
Ah, excellent - didn't realise you could still use the $30 to buy data. This sounds perfect. Thanks for the help! :)
 

wharzhee

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Apr 27, 2010
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texas
when i was holidaying in sydney and melbourne, i grabbed a prepaid data card too.
there is a condition that is sort of hidden. im not sure about this point. but if someone can enlighten me, that wld be good too.

There's this small font condition, or disclaimer or whatever. it writes that for every connection, there is a data levy of about 3mb[?-unsure of the exact amount] for every connection. What does that mean, and why do they have to do that?

Is that to mean that if i have a habit of surfing for a few minutes like 3times within an hour, for like the entire day of 10hours. I am charged an extra 3*10=30*3mb(levy)=90mb???

What if i get random messages, such as Whatsapp and iMessage? do I get charged for those connections too? And what about walking around different areas, am I not hopping between different cell stations?

Anyone knows any more about this? [i did not know how to check the usage anyway, and was well within the bundle]
 

albertxp06

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Oct 11, 2011
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California
I went to Optus and was able to grab a $50 unlimited everything (minutes, texts, and data). It also included ~300 minutes to call back to the US. Optus had great coverage in generally good speeds.
 

TomStamp

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Feb 12, 2011
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I went to Optus and was able to grab a $50 unlimited everything (minutes, texts, and data). It also included ~300 minutes to call back to the US. Optus had great coverage in generally good speeds.

Is this still available? I am after an unlimited data plan and can't seem to find anything. Australia is not like the UK, there is capped data on everything over here.
 

spamfish123

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Aug 25, 2011
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Milton Keynes, UK
Is this still available? I am after an unlimited data plan and can't seem to find anything. Australia is not like the UK, there is capped data on everything over here.
From what I can see of Optus's deals (https://www.optus.com.au/shop/prepaidmobile/prepaidoffers) it's only unlimited social networking, and then 500MB-5GB of data on top of that.


My main concern is that I'm in Australia when the iPhone 5 is (probably) launching and I want to be able to find out about it, and (probably) pre order it. Sad, I know :p